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Cong. George Arnaiz Chairman, Committee on Local Governments calls for reforms, not abolition of SK

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Dumaguete City, Philippines

Sunday, November 6, 2011

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angguniang Kabataan officials who may be found to have dishonorably conducted themselves during the recent regional congress face suspension or removal from office, if only to redeem the image of the youth federation that is increasingly being castigated for its perceived lack of initiative and excesses.

The incident marred the otherwise fine staging of the congress dubbed as the largest regional gab by SK officials nationwide in terms of attendance at 1,500 participants and the impressive line-up of speakers who delivered talks on the fiscal autonomy of SK, best practices of the federations with the grand debate between Silliman University and San Carlos University on the proposed measures abolishing the Sangguniang Kabataan, serving as the highlight of the 4-day event. Regional Federation President Scott Wayne Husain has ordered the concerned Municipal SK Federation Presidents to conduct a thorough investigation on the complaint of the owner of Bethel Guest House Mr. Roy Cang, who alleged that SK Chairmen from Mabinay occupying Room 507 were engaged in a drinking binge while SK Chairmen in Room 313, all from Amlan, were caught smoking. Further inspection from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency of Room 313 revealed To page 17

Damage Control. Sangguniang Kabataan Regional Federation President Scott Wayne Husain and Amlan SK Federation President Kimberly dela Cruz are acting decisively to prevent further fallout from the embarrassing incident which is fueling calls for the organization’s abolition.

11 mayors sure to back Gary in 2013 BY DEMS DEMECILLO y virtue of their political affiliation, at least eleven incumbent mayors belonging to the Lakas-Kampi-CMD Party and Nationalist People’s Coaliton are expected to support the candidacy of former finance secretary Margarito “Gary” Teves and the number is expected to rise once the Teves clan marshal all resources available at their disposal to push for another family member to capture the governorship. Pundits claim that the present equation demands that Gary Teves needs to consolidate his forces in the first district, keep faith in his second district allies led by Congressman George Arnaiz, and re-invigorate his party base in the third district, the family’s traditional bailiwick. Gary Teves and his presumed running-mate, Vice-Governor Apolinario Arnaiz, Jr., enjoy the support o f three city mayors n amely Chiq uiting Sagarbarria of Dumagu ete, Ren e Gau diel of To page 17

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BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ Preliminary investigations on the murder of a banker and president of the Rotary Club of Dumaguete, Demetrio “Pororory” Larena, 65, has been reset to November 15, 2011 after all documentary evidences were presented, including the affidavits of other witnesses to the gruesome broad daylight murder. If the probable cause is established, the fiscal will file the case for trial. When th e su sp ects’ counsel was asked why the couple-suspects did not submit their counter affidavit, PAO lawyer Elton Abrea said they will just face their accusers in court. Pr esen t in Friday’s scheduled preliminary investigation before assistant pr ov in cial p ro secu to r Maritess Macarubbo are resp on dents Jerr y an d Espedita Enocerta accompanied by their counsel Atty. Elton Abrea of the public attorney’s office, the National Bureau of Investigation, and

Atty. Alexander Villanueva, who represented the family of the victim, Demetrio “Pororoy”  Larena III. Also present was Atty. Vicente dela Plaza and the victims’ children. The resetting was decided to give time for responding police officers, including the team from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) to executive their respective affidavits as to the spent shells found inside the car to determine what caliber of firearms To page 2

New 50MW geothermal plant gets host’s nod

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fter expressing their serious misgivings, the members of the Sangguniang Barangay of Puhagan, Valencia, the prime host of the proposed 50 megawatts geothermal plant of the Energy Development Corporation, unanimously voted to endors e the multi-million Nasulo Project, which is expected to boost the power supply in the Visayas grid. The Nasulo Project was previously endorsed, but EDC decided to use the steam turbine of the Nor th er n Negr os Geo th er mal Power Plant based in Bago City, Negros Occidental, which apparently did not match with the steam resource of the area. Ho wev er, th e end orsement came only after prolonged, often passionate deliberations with the members of the barangay council, headed by Chairwoman Leonarda T. Sarita, and representatives from

GRANTED. Officials from the Energy Development Corporation, led by Assistant Vice-President Martha J. De Lusong and SNGPP Deputy Manager Norreen Bautista (right of photo), somehow managed to convince the members of the barangay council to endorse the Nasulo project and plead for reasonable time to prove their sincerity to provide the promised jobs to qualified residents. the EDC and Green Core Geothermal, Inc. over the failure of the latter to sincerely deliver on the promised jobs to qualified residents and clearances for

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Tanjay mentor faces rape raps

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he family of the disgraced Tanjay City public school teacher is appealing for the public to be moderate on their condemnation over the alleged All Souls Day rape of his 15-year-old student. Fo r ty - tw o - yea r - o ld Dante A. Gabas, a school teach er o f Lo ur des Ledesma del Prado Memorial Sch oo l, h as b een charged with rape the day

after the incident just a few meters from his residence in Poblacion 1, Tanjay City. The police report said that the drunken suspect invited two of his students, the

victim and her boyfriend, both 15 years old, to do household chores on All Souls Day an d later led them to an isolated lot near his residence. Gabas then ordered the two youngsters to undress and engage in a sexual act in his presence; out of fear, the boy fled leaving his girlfriend at the mercy of the

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der the embalmer of the fun er al p ar lo r wh er e th e cellphone of the victim that contains vital information was found to execute an affidavit. Both the defense and prosecution are also inter-

ested on the confession and narratio n of th e coup le through a media interview conducted by several media outlets in Dumaguete, even if such confession is in the absence of a legal counsel, and conducted inside the

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suspect, who then allegedly assaulted the victim despite her pleas. The victim sought police assistance, and by evening on the same date, city policemen managed to collar the suspect while the victim underwent some tests to bolster the rape case against Gabas. National Bureau of Investigation Office. In the following interviews, however, the couple made an assurance it will not change their earlier statements. Last Wednesday, a comTo page 7

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Gov. Roel Degamo has received reports and has personally observed that some officials and employees are utilizing areas in the pr ov in cial gov er nmen t buildings as their living quarters and hang-outs for socialization and other in-

decent behavior. Starting today, sleeping or using offices as their living quarters are prohibited to prevent damage to or loss of properties, unnecessary use of water, electricity and communication faciliTurn to page 17

Bayawan seeks land titles for more taxes he local government unit of Bayawan City has requested the Department of Agrarian Reform to fast track the issuance of individual land titles to beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) for it to be able to collect real property taxes (RPT). Bayawan City Vice- real property taxes because Mayor Ismael Martinez said CARP b en ef iciaries are that as an agricultural city holding one mother title in a with vast tracks of land, it certain land holding. would have collected a sizeMartinez said that once able amount of RPT from individual land titles are islands being distributed to sued, it would be easy to CARP beneficiares. collect the RPT and resort to He said that Bayawan legal remedies if unpaid for City had difficulty in the as- a number of years. sessment and collection of Turn to page 16

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first year high school student of Negros Oriental High School (NOHS) and a middle-aged man were seriously injured while 15 others sustained injuries in different parts of their bodies following a vehicular accident involving an overloaded pass enger multicab and ten-wheeler cargo truck along the highways of Sitio Campaclan, Poblacion, Sibulan at 6:30 this morning.

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Hospital expansion hits SP snag

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pproval of two major developmental projects in Negros Oriental hit a snag during the executive committee meeting of the Provincial Development Council (PDC), Thursday. These are: the multi-million peso central block building construction of the provincial hospital and the funding of organic rice farming venture.

The PDC execom was convened by Gov. Roel Degamo to tackle several project proposals that included the approval of the feasibility study on the proposed construction of a 4storey central block building at the compound of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital. Actio n was def erred upon request of board member Arnulfo Teves who wanted to make a further study of the proposal, even as such item was received

by his office almost a month ago already. INNOCULANT COST Teves has also vehemently objected to the request of the provincial agriculturist office for funding the livelihood assistance on organic farming and system on Rice In tensif icatio n Technology demonstration project worth P5 million. Heated discussions ensued  between the governor and the LIGA Federation president regarding the cost of the innoculant and the

necessity of the project. Degamo insisted that such proposal be endorsed to the provincial board for approval to address the food security concerns of the province, but board member Teves questioned the high cost of the innoculant and the necessity of the project. The governor lamented Teves’ opposition is without basis due to his failure to provide the cost which is correct for him. In lieu of the verbal tussles, Degamo directed pro-

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left-leaning movements in the country. Degamo said his administration is determined to achieve peace and bring about developments in the countrysides. Th e date w hich is 11.11.11 or November 11, Turn to page 17

16 injured as delivery truck rams multicab

Denmark Guhilde, 12 years o ld , resident o f Campaclan, Sibulan and Mario Torres, 43 years old of Looc, Sibulan along with 15 others were on board the multicab dr iv en b y

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BY JUANCHO RODRIGUEZ

reparations are underway for a simultaneous and province-wide candlelighting ceremony for peace which is scheduled on November 11, 2011 in Negros Oriental.

Initiated by the provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Roel Degamo, the candle lighting ceremony for peace is in support for the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) including other

HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

he issue is simple: The Bethel manager discovered certain SK top officials of the kid’s federation were in one rented room smelling heavy smoking inside during a time when they were supposed to be in the provincial convention center for a regional convention. Fact 2: the manager easily smelled smoke within the room which is a no-no at Bethel. Fact 3: a non-male human specie was found near or under the bed or somewhere attempting to hide but was discovered. Question: So what were they doing inside the room when they were supposed to be attending a government-paid convention via taxpayers’ money, our money? The manager had to expel the smoking suspects out of the hotel. What now? -o0oA full dress investigation is going on. If they cannot find out that certain top officials of the SK Federation were smoking grass, but just merely smoking, then how credible would those findings be? We do not presume a cover up, but certainly, it can happen. Let us just see and hear the results of the investigation, ---if ever there are results at all. The public is entitled to know because it was our taxpayers’ money that was being wasted in that convention by those who did not bother to attend the sessions. -o0oSo where did these SK officers learn all these junketing in conventions? From their parents? From their teachers? Or from their very own political elders? The answer is not hard to find if these were a multiple choice exam. -o0oIn fairness, the youth have good intentions. So are their trainors and elders. It’s just that the few bad apples happen to be training them and there goes the worms coming out of the apple. -o0oGARY SERIOUS We finally knew how serious Gary Teves is in running for governor. In fact, 11 mayors kono have signified their intentions to support Gary thru thick and thin, meaning, even if Gary is more saleable to the A-B rather than to the CDE. -o0oIn Makati, our vice-president Binay said that to hell with the ABs because he’s got the CDE anyway. And Binay always wins even without the Ayala votes. Can Gary do a Binay? Maybe. But no question, Gary will make a good governor --more experience than the two other contenders. -o0oBut Josy Limkaichong claims she has the numbers. And Gov. Degamo claims he has the power of the incumbent’s resources to muster those votes--- what with millions of pesos at his disposal for projects. -o0oThey say money talks during elections. True. The trio can make money talk. Question is who talks louder. -o0oMANAGING THE DUMPSITE. The issue of managing the dumpsite in Candau-ay by the city government in making it “an odorless , sanitary and viable dumpsite” is merely a symptomatic treatment to a much more major environmental disorder. In the first place, the dumpsite is in the wrong place because it is sitting on a dried

Guv bans use of Light a candle for offices as quarters peace on Nov 11 ith or without the reduction of next year’s Internal Revenue Alotment (IRA), the provincial government is implementing austerity and belt-tightening measures to save on costs and other expenses.

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vincial agriculturist Greg Paltinca to confer and discuss with board member Teves regarding the pricing and the importance of the program. Former board member Atty. Arturo Umbac who sit in the PDC execom to represent the private sector lamented what he considers as too much bickerings and delving too much on technicalities and legalities when

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Handog sa Titulo

No non-sense Tour Guiding

RADIO-7 gab

Mayor a year older

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Ageless Jose Mari Chan

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SK better change or vanish

he Sangguniang Kabataan, the new 21st century breed of active youth leaders within the new civil society, is a potential force whose numbers far exceed those of the adult voting populace. Therefore, if used and guided properly, the SK can be a potential force of the youth of this century who can even elect a young president. Historically, the SK is a Marcos creation. It was Marcos’ youth front to fight the militant left during those dark days of martial rule in this country. Marcos showed that if given legitimate powers, the youth can become a potential force to fight the enemies of the state. But sad to say, the present SK, with only a few exceptions, are a breed of the old and corrupt leadership. If the SK does not change its core of values and direction, then the SK be better abolished and that would be the end of a legitimate voice of the youth. Only last week, top officials of the SK were found out by the hotel manager to be apparently smoking possibly marijuana inside the room, instead of attending a regional conference at that hour at the convention center. Worse, a female youngster was found under the bed of that all-male room occupancy. So what

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does this indicate? To top it all, those involved were officials of the SK, both in the provincial and federation levels. This information was relayed to us by the hotel management whose no-smoking advocacy has been trampled upon. He felt so bad thinking that it was done by supposedly future leaders of our province and nation. Is this the kind of youth leadership we are training for the future? Then what kind of trainors do we have? Shall we not also abolish the trainors, as well, who have directly or indirectly misguided our SK officials to the wrong and corrupt direction? In fairness, the investigation continues and we have to await the official outcome. If guilty, those involved should be dismissed and replaced at the right time. If no action is being done, all the more, the elders should be fired. Somehow, disciplinary action should be instituted, otherwise, the future of our youth is going to the dogs, and we hold the elders responsible. We are glad to know, however, that there are segments of the SK in Negros Oriental towns, but not yet in Dumaguete, who are trying to exert their independent voice, gearing away from the present To page 17

he other night, we watched a concert-fora-cause featuring Jose Mari Chan titled “Constant Care” at the cozy open-air venue of Panglao Nature Island Resort in Bohol.

The affair is a project of the radio network of the Bohol Chronicle, under the flagship of DYRD in Tagbilaran City. DYRD is marking its golden anniversary after fifty years of broadcast service. DYRD first went on the air in October 1961. It has been fifty years of radio activity starting from wirecasting to internet broadcasting. One of the highlights of the anniversary was a concert for the benefit of Inyong Alagad, the longest running public service radio program of the station providing assistance to indigent residents of Tagbilaran and other Bohol towns. It was a night of nostalgia. Jose Mari Chan belted out a treasure trove of his classic hits beginning with “Big Beautiful Country.” This song begins with the lyrics, “Welcome world, to this big beautiful country…” His debut in the recording industry was his first hit single “Afterglow” in 1967. This was a time when, as a young musical artist, Jose Mari Chan would literally bring a bunch of ‘45’ records (played then on turn tables) and would do the rounds in radio stations pleading to disc jockeys to play his new record. The concert was also sponsored by Philippine Airlines, so Jose Mari Chan paid tribute to the flagship carrier by singing the commercial of PAL which he composed in the 1970’s titled “Love at Thirty Thousand Feet.” Until today, the melodic tune of PAL is played not only in media commercials but as inflight background instrumental while passengers await to soar in the air. Jose Mari Chan is widely recognized as one of the nations most prolific balladeer. He is known as Mr. Songwriter. He sang one-by-one his music and romance he wrote through the years, including Deep In My heart, Tell Me Your Name, Beautiful Girl. An innovation in the concert was to select local female talents of Bohol to do the duets with Jose Mari Chan. A talented Tagbilaran pediatrician ably replaced Regine Velasquez in “Please Be Careful with My Heart.” A locally-based registered nurse did not lag in musical ability in “You’re my Girl, My woman, My Friend” which, Jose Mari Chan related, he wrote for the wedding of his sister. The most touching love songs were those that sprang his true-to-life love experience. To page 15

Economic amendments

enate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte think some economic provisions in the Constitution must be changed; President Noynoy Aquino does not think so.

Our beef is some of them need serious review, sans xenophobia. Traces of infantile nationalism and over-zealous protectionism reek in some areas – influenced by the zealots who framed the 1935 and 1987 constitutions. Our basic contention is that a Third World country like us needs to attract foreign investments and attention to move out of poverty. Foreign investments provide jobs that create higher per capita and employment that will drive domestic investment to follow – because there would be more moneyed consumers to buy goods and services.

Besides, as MVP (Pangilinan) said – the huge 95 million Filipinos is economically meaningless if they have no money to spend. We have to rev up the economy first. What specific Constitutional amendments ought to be made to attract foreign investments into the country, then? Foreigners ought to be able to own land in the country. As of now, they can only own condominiums or lease land for 50 years, renewable for another final 25 years. We should not fear their owning of land because they can never bring land out of

the country. They have no choice but make land productive – to therefore benefit the country. Educational institutions must be allowed to be owned by foreign interests. Our brightest minds need not go abroad nor the poor but talented be prevented to do scholarly work due to prohibitive cost of studying in universities of higher learning abroad. Think about educational tourism (remember the teeming Korean students?) – and how many talented teachers and researchers will be drawn into our shores – and elevate the level of education in this To page 13

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or many residents of Negros Oriental, the weekly farmers’ market or the seasonal roadside stand is a novelty. Commonly called “paunay” or “tabo,” it is a much sought-after place to go to in Dumaguete each Wednesday and Saturday where, aside from watching people buy cheap vegetables, they also take time to socialize with friends and catch up on each other’s lives. Hence, more than just a place to do your marketing, the “tabo” is also a social mobility agent.

Although some people may not go there often, they try to go there when they can, precisely bec ause the y en joy pick ing through the bins of fresh farm produce. But, what may be whimsical for people is actually crucial for a small farmer’s existence. With large agribusiness monopolizing mainstream markets, small farmers are being squeezed out of a livelihood in the process. When it comes to capacity building projects, market access has proven to be the most difficult problem to solve. The province of Negros Oriental came up with another innovative idea to provide for better access to markets of its farmers’ produce. Now called “Tabo sa PAO,” it is a “bagsakan” (market) of fresh and locally produced agriculture and fish products offered for sale in retail and wholesale quantities at affordable prices. The “tabo” seeks to contribut e to pov erty re duct ion by strengthening the capacity of small farmers to participate more effectively in markets for organically produced products from farmers belonging to the Barangay Agricultural Development Center (BADC) and Gulayan Palaisdaan Alay sa Kabataan (GPAK). Inci-

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dentally, both programs won a Galing Pook award in 2004 and 2005, respectively. It is an innovation that builds on other previous innovations. The program pays special attention to not only building the capacity of farmers to grow quality organic produce but also ensuring better prices by providing direct access to alternative markets. This is done by promoting farmer organizations, by building networks and relationships with other market participants, particularly the end-users and consumers. More importantly, “Tabo sa PAO” is not just about establishing the systems and networks that enable small farmers to compete in today’s market place, but also it is about espousing consumer awareness in organic food and in the role they play in the market place. Similar ly, in t he ne ighb orin g p rovi nce of Zamboanga Sibugay, a small an d lo w-in come vi llag e, Barangay Sanito, is considered a Goliath when it comes to building its internal capacity to address a seemingly insurmountable task. As a way to alleviate poverty, too, it harnessed community capacity by effectively tapping and nurturing inherent socio-cultural and traditional practices, values and beliefs of indigenous sectors in the locality, such as the “spirit of volunteerism” and “pride in LGU” to contribute to its program goals. The barangay developed its own Barangay Local Government Code that served as the strategy

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to strengthen their locale and address immediate needs of the community. The Code focused its attention to building the institutional processes and structures, which helped mobilize much needed resources to supports its projects and a ctivities. The Barangay Code called for the strengthening of the inter-office linkages and the barangay’s relationship with the private sector through the “kapit-bisig” structure of governance. Incentives were provided in the form of opportunities for community members to improve their livelihoods by participating in these innovative programs. With the implementation of the code, Barangay Sanito was able to nurture a business-friendly atmosphere. It began to restore peace and order, and build the infrastructure of the barangay. Leadership provided a clear vision and created opportunities for co mmun ity enga geme nt through participatory processes from the crafting of the Code to its implementation. These are stories of smalltown locales who, because of political will, strove to hold its fort in good governance, thus, redounding to the welfare of the general public.

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Capital or small “S”?

Recent Philippine political and economic developments

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he gravestone sentence read, “I believe in the communion of saints.” That’s lifted from the Apostle’s Creed written by the Council of Fathers in 325AD. What has that got to do with our houseboy? He snipped Blessed Pedro Calungsod’s. Our ancestors prayed  this brance in Benedictine monastermost widely used creed. We do, ies. too, at Sunday mass, often by The rite spread throughout rote, regrettably, with scant the Church –and the Philippines. thought of what it asserts. On the eve of All Souls Yet, it anchors what our Day, crowds jostle into hastparents knew as “Todos los ily cleaned cemeteries to pray Santos.” before freshly painted tombs. All Saints Day is marked Crowds can uncork bouts of on November 1. Pope Gregory giddy claustrophia. So, some IV, in 837AD, broadened this families visit cemeteries earto honor, not only martyrs, but lier. all who’ve passed on in grace, The “Todos Los Santos” whether known or forgotten. message, however, persists: A All Souls Day follows on community of believers share November 2. “It is a holy and across the divide of death grace wholesome thought to pray for that surges into eternal life. the dead,” the Book of Macabees “Today, you will be with says. Abbot Odilo of Cluny, in me in paradise,” the dying 998AD, started this rememTurn to page 16

(Part 2) acroeconomic Fundamentals and External Position Remain Strong Still and all the economy’s external position and macroeconomic fundamentals remain strong. The current account surplus buoyed-up by higher remittances service-related receipts produced a 20% surplus. Strong capital inflows has swelled gross international reserves as both direct foreign and portfolio investments attracted by relatively higher growth prospects and yield differentials. With the continuing monetary instabilities in both Europe and the U.S., riskaverse investors might however pack their bags in the near future. the Achilles’ Heel of the econoIn the meantime, the peso my’s performance. The penchant continues strong while inflation for higher quality public spendhas been held in check, which ing has unfortunately acted as a is a conducive environment al- dampener to accelerated lowing the government to en- growth. gage in pump-priming. Signs of The bottom-line is that growth in revenue mobilization growth in the face of weaker and budgetary surpluses reflect economic outlook in the addetermined efforts at revenue vanced economies – the traraising which has always been

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A Journey Through Cancer

Misfire

Living Beyond Cancer

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E need to be aware of this disturbing characteristic of our young generation, and even the not so young. There is strong evidence that many of the youth today are hooked on games and gadgets. They are swallowed up by a fever called distraction and are falling into varying forms of addiction.

There is no focus. There is no long-range, let alone, over-all view of things. Concern for others is evaporating. In their stead, we find a trend of aimless drifting, of immediate and instant satisfaction of wants, of inventing more whims and caprices, of a hardening of an anomaly called self-centeredness. Temperance, self-discipline, spirit of sacrifice and a healthy form of detachment from things are cast out. Fortitude and determination seem to be regarded as disvalues since the young ones prefer to go soft and easy always, guided only by instincts, feelings and passions. And so duties like praying,

studying, helping around in the house, serving others, etc. are often forgotten. The art of serious thinking and reflection is hardly learned, and can now be covered more easily through the cut-and-paste technology and other forms of cheating that many of the young people are also skilled at. To help in solving this predicament, we need to look at our own personal lives first, to see if things are working as they should—like whether our spiritual life is in shape, our values in proper order, our virtues alive and developing, our control of our weakness and temptations effective, etc. We can only aspire to help Turn to page 15

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Footsteps and Fingerprints

Games and gadgets generation

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lobal warming guru Al Gore has taken a “trifling investment of facts” irresponsibly thrown in a truck load of conjecture and created a world panic. This is bad enough, but it gets worse. Global warming has become such a popular fad that anyone who disagrees with Mr. Gore is punished. Scientists who disagree not only are ridiculed but many have had their research funds cut off. Millions are being spent on spreading Gore’s fairy tale and those trying to expose the distortions and lies are being ruthlessly silenced and crushed. Gore claims scientists have revealed that out of 913 re“100% consensus on Global search papers by top scienWarming;” Richard S.  Lindzen, tists, only 13 supported that atmospheric Physicist, states view.  that is “flat out incorrect.” He also Roy Spencer, University of said, “...I can not stress enough Alabama, criticized Al Gore’s we are not in a position to confi- findings. “Temperature measuredently attribute past climatic ments in the artic suggest that it change to CO2 or to forecast was just as warm there in the what the climate will be in the 1930’s… before most greenfuture.”  house gas emissions.” He also Gore supporter, Social states references to global Scientist Nancy Oreskes, warming, “…we have no idea claimed that all the scientific how much you can attribute to papers on global climate mankind.”  change, between 1993 to 2003 Tim Ball, climatology pro(Web of Knowledge Database) fessor, University of Winni“supported Al Gore’s view.” peg, revealed Al Gore cooked Examination of these papers To page 16

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’m saving it for a rainy day!” --I used to hear this often when I was growing up. Mom would put things aside for apparently no reason at all and use the excuse “I’m saving it for a rainy day.” What did she save? Buttons of every size, shape, and color jumbled together in a shoe box, odds and ends of ribbons, socks that needed mending, outdated magazines and catalogues, used paper bags, etc. One of the small closets in mom and dad’s bedroom was full of this stuff, and she added to it again and again. She claimed she had imbibed the habit from her mother.

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colorful, unique bracelets from buttons. It was a time of memories, too; there were buttons from a well-loved blouse, buttons shaped like animals from my first jacket, buttons shaped like flowers from a summery picnic hat. What fun! I even hoped it would continue to rain for several more days! Outdated magazines? On a super cold wintery day, I would find Mom in the kitchen near the warmth from our old wood stove porTo page 7

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ing over these old magazines clipping out food recipes, ideas for redecorating our home, places to write for seed packets for planting in our garden in the spring. One year, I even went through all the old farm magazines clipping out cartoons and farm jokes, pasting them in a scrapbook, and wrapping it as a Christmas gift for my dad. I was so touched when Mom returned the scrapbook to me after Dad’s passing saying that Dad had treasured it so much and used to look at it whenever he needed to lighten up his mood. Whenever we kids ran out of things to do, Mom would dig around in her Rainy Day Closet

and always come up with something. Old socks made wonderful hand puppets; paper bags could be made into masks, or cut open for coloring or painting (Mom made her own finger paints), or folded into paper airplanes. Store-bought toys were too expensive, so we honed our creative ideas with stuff from her Rainy Day Closet. PAG-ASA ha s ju st a nnounced the beginning of this year’s rainy season. Instead of complaining about the monsoon rains and generally inclement weather, it’s time to check out the contents of my Rainy Day cabinet. I know it holds a treasure chest of memories, creative ideas just waiting to come to life. And what a wonderful way to enjoy family time together with my apo without spending a single centavo!

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eep alert and pray, otherwise, temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough but the body is weak!” – Matthew 26:41

The way to overcome temptation is to keep alert and pray. Keeping alert means being aware of temptation, being sensitive to the strategies of the Devil, and being equipped to stand firm against them. Because

TODAY’S

GOSPEL Matthew 25: 1-13 Jesus told his disciple this parable: “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold,

temptation strikes where we are most vulnerable, we can’t resist it alone. Prayer is essential because God’s strength can shore up our defenses and defeat Satan’s power.

the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then, the door was locked. Afterwards, the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Sunday Thoughts On taking up one’s cross (Part 4) What Paul believes, according to these passages, is that the marks of suffering on his body lead to a creation of the life, and that it is through an “earthen vessel” subjected to all the sufferings of this mortal life that the glory of God is made known. What does Paul mean by all of this? The Apostle is actually speaking of DR. PROCESO UDARBE being a witness to Christ through suffering. To see the Apostle and his fellow missionaries live day after day in the face of dangers of all kinds reminds those who behold their life that the anchor of their faith is dependable and firm. The sufferings of Paul have become, in other words, what can be termed as the closest demonstration of the credibility of the gospel. One of the most important passages which have to do with suffering is II Corinthians 1:3-11 which teaches several things: that Christians experience comfort from God and their own afflictions, and therefore are able to comfort others in turn; that the afflictions of Christians produce greater and greater dependency upon Christ; that to suffer for the sake of Christ is not only meant for Paul and his fellow workers, but it is part of the vocation of the whole church who, says Paul, if the whole church shares in Christ’s sufferings, will also share his comfort; and that the suffering leads to the outpouring of intercessory prayers. We gather from all this that the Church’s vocation is to imitate Christ and that its suffering becomes redemptive in the same way that Christ’s suffering on the cross is. But having said this, we must point

out the difference here between the fact that the suffering of Christ was a “once for-all” event and that is both redemptive and redeeming, whereas the suffering of the Church does not redeem, for the Church is only an agent of redemption. What then do we mean by imitation Christi? It would be most absurd to think in terms of literal imitation, as we have already suggested in an earlier discussion, although we must grant that some of the followers of Christ whose lot has been regarded as some of the finest examples of Christian discipleship. However, it is not literal imitation that is meant by Paul’s statements. Rather, it is the deepening of relationship between Christ and believer which leads to such a union that the believer becomes identified with Christ that he has been reconciled to God so that he himself becomes participant in the ministry of reconciliation. Thus, Beaker can say: The ‘ good news’ of the New Testament is not that a dead man has become alive, setting an example to imitate, but that a crucified Messiah has become a life-giving Spirit…. The life which the spirit imparts is that of the crucified and risen. Lord. And we participate in this life only in as much as we have been crucified and raised with Him at Golgotha.

With an increasing sense of the fact of a Creator-God, I came to feel ashamed of my former godless idea that man’s own power and ability were his only trustworthy guides. I had never been an atheist, in the extreme sense of the word, but religion had little place in my thinking. In my early life, there was very little religious atmosphere. Consequently, I grew up to manhood without any formal religion. After I enlisted in the Navy, the former “War Catechism” became the sum total of my ideology. In the editorial column of a newspaper, there was a commentary which stated that the Bible was the world’s best seller, that it had been translated into the languages of all civilized countries. The writer of the column stated that if Christians were banished to some island and only allowed one book, without exception, they would choose the Bible. The writer ended with a call to the Japanese people: “Oh people of Japan, if there is anyone of you who has not yet read the Bible, please read the first thirty pages

The proposed law is destructive of public morals and oppressive of religious belief x-Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad explains this very well: Article II Section 6 of the Constitution provides: “The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.” The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines inviolable as “never to be broken, in- FR. GAMMY TULABING fringed or dishonored.” Now, JCD, VG politicians, journalists and reproductive health activists of all shades quote this to say, “Why is the Church meddling in this business of the State?” SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE MISREAD Wrong. A million times wrong. In the prehistory of Christianity, the Emperor or the King decreed what the empire or the kingdom was to believe. Official religion dominated all private religions, which were tolerated only if those involved recognized the state cult first. Christianity changed all that. “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt 22:21). To the Church, God gave the authority and mission to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that he has commanded his disciples. The Supreme Lawgiver did not confer the same authority upon the State. The State is not the custodian or arbiter of truth; it does not have a moral doctrine of its own, which would be the basis of its own praxis. Its praxis, as Pope Benedict XVI points out, cannot create the truth; the truth must create the praxis. The State cannot and should not, therefore, attempt to override or overrule the teaching authority of the Church, particularly on matters of faith and morals. RETURN TO CAESAROPAPISM? To do so would throw us back into what is known as Caesaropapism. This was the period after the Edict of Milan of 313 AD ended the persecution of Christians and Constantine, as the “Christian Emperor” of the Roman Empire, thought he was also the pope or higher, and therefore tried to exercise 11

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with an open mind. Surely, there is something there that will touch your heart.” For me, without a doubt, this was a voice from Heaven. I started to read the Bible. I became absorbed in it. Presently, I came to the Gospel of Luke. There, I faced the scene of the crucifixion of Christ. I read the words of Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus prayed for the very soldiers who were about to thrust his side with the spear. I am not ashamed to say that my eyes were filled with tears. Immediately, I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. I am positive of my conversion. There was a time when my back was turned to Christ, but now I look to Him in faith. I firmly believe that Christ is the only answer and the only hope of this world. Eleven years after Pearl Harbor! Little did I dream that eventful morning that my view of life would be so revolutionized. Today, I am a Christian! I say it over and over again. This is the message I send to all mankind with a fervent prayer that there will be no more Pearl Harbor.

ROYAL DECREE (5)

Catholic historical review ver since my ordination in the mid-eighties, I have been an ardent follower of Fr. John N. Schumacher, SJ. In 1988, this publication of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. carried his book review of the book by Kenton J. Clymer titled Protestant Missionaries in the Philippines, 1898-1916: An Inquiry into the American REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN, JR. Colonial Mentality. Here’s what he wrote for the official organ of the American Historical Association: The role played by American Protestants in the American annexation of the Philippines has long been recognized. There has not, however, been any systematic study of the Protestant missionary enterprises after American occupation. Kenton Clymer focuses here on the missionaries and their attitudes to Filipinos and to the American colonial regime. The result is important for church and mission history, as well as for the history of American-Filipino relations. Clymer has researched diligently both in the published missionary accounts and in the missionary and church archives. His terminal date, coinciding with the Jones Law, which first made an explicit commitment to Philippine independence as the ultimate goal of American rule, is rightly seen as marking the end of the first generation of missionary activity. The author has successfully tried to put his story not only within the context of the Philippine colonial experiment but also within the framework of the wider American Protestant missionary movement. The discussion is organized in three sections. The first, on the missionaries, deals with missionary motivation and with the comity agreement (by which most Protestants agreed to divide the Philippines into respective mission fields). The second treats interaction with Filipinos: with their culture, with Roman Catholicism, and with Filipino nationalism, both within the churches and in its politiTo page 11

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henever I thought of my past, I could not help but think of the mystery of my survival. Why was I still alive, when men all around me had died like flies in the four years of conflict? Gradually, I came to believe that I had been supported by some great, unseen power. My sullenness began to be diffused and dispelled by a sense of gratitude. Moreover, as I continued to live in closer relation to the earth, through the plants and the cattle, and the other aspects of farm life, I was gradually led to think in terms of a Creator of all these things.

“K

eep alert and pray, otherwise, temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough but the body is weak!” – Matthew 26:41

The way to overcome temptation is to keep alert and pray. Keeping alert means being aware of temptation, being sensitive to the strategies of the Devil, and being equipped to stand firm against them. Because

TODAY’S

GOSPEL Matthew 25: 1-13 Jesus told his disciple this parable: “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold,

temptation strikes where we are most vulnerable, we can’t resist it alone. Prayer is essential because God’s strength can shore up our defenses and defeat Satan’s power.

the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then, the door was locked. Afterwards, the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Sunday Thoughts On taking up one’s cross (Part 4) What Paul believes, according to these passages, is that the marks of suffering on his body lead to a creation of the life, and that it is through an “earthen vessel” subjected to all the sufferings of this mortal life that the glory of God is made known. What does Paul mean by all of this? The Apostle is actually speaking of DR. PROCESO UDARBE being a witness to Christ through suffering. To see the Apostle and his fellow missionaries live day after day in the face of dangers of all kinds reminds those who behold their life that the anchor of their faith is dependable and firm. The sufferings of Paul have become, in other words, what can be termed as the closest demonstration of the credibility of the gospel. One of the most important passages which have to do with suffering is II Corinthians 1:3-11 which teaches several things: that Christians experience comfort from God and their own afflictions, and therefore are able to comfort others in turn; that the afflictions of Christians produce greater and greater dependency upon Christ; that to suffer for the sake of Christ is not only meant for Paul and his fellow workers, but it is part of the vocation of the whole church who, says Paul, if the whole church shares in Christ’s sufferings, will also share his comfort; and that the suffering leads to the outpouring of intercessory prayers. We gather from all this that the Church’s vocation is to imitate Christ and that its suffering becomes redemptive in the same way that Christ’s suffering on the cross is. But having said this, we must point

out the difference here between the fact that the suffering of Christ was a “once for-all” event and that is both redemptive and redeeming, whereas the suffering of the Church does not redeem, for the Church is only an agent of redemption. What then do we mean by imitation Christi? It would be most absurd to think in terms of literal imitation, as we have already suggested in an earlier discussion, although we must grant that some of the followers of Christ whose lot has been regarded as some of the finest examples of Christian discipleship. However, it is not literal imitation that is meant by Paul’s statements. Rather, it is the deepening of relationship between Christ and believer which leads to such a union that the believer becomes identified with Christ that he has been reconciled to God so that he himself becomes participant in the ministry of reconciliation. Thus, Beaker can say: The ‘ good news’ of the New Testament is not that a dead man has become alive, setting an example to imitate, but that a crucified Messiah has become a life-giving Spirit…. The life which the spirit imparts is that of the crucified and risen. Lord. And we participate in this life only in as much as we have been crucified and raised with Him at Golgotha.

With an increasing sense of the fact of a Creator-God, I came to feel ashamed of my former godless idea that man’s own power and ability were his only trustworthy guides. I had never been an atheist, in the extreme sense of the word, but religion had little place in my thinking. In my early life, there was very little religious atmosphere. Consequently, I grew up to manhood without any formal religion. After I enlisted in the Navy, the former “War Catechism” became the sum total of my ideology. In the editorial column of a newspaper, there was a commentary which stated that the Bible was the world’s best seller, that it had been translated into the languages of all civilized countries. The writer of the column stated that if Christians were banished to some island and only allowed one book, without exception, they would choose the Bible. The writer ended with a call to the Japanese people: “Oh people of Japan, if there is anyone of you who has not yet read the Bible, please read the first thirty pages

The proposed law is destructive of public morals and oppressive of religious belief x-Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad explains this very well: Article II Section 6 of the Constitution provides: “The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.” The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines inviolable as “never to be broken, in- FR. GAMMY TULABING fringed or dishonored.” Now, JCD, VG politicians, journalists and reproductive health activists of all shades quote this to say, “Why is the Church meddling in this business of the State?” SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE MISREAD Wrong. A million times wrong. In the prehistory of Christianity, the Emperor or the King decreed what the empire or the kingdom was to believe. Official religion dominated all private religions, which were tolerated only if those involved recognized the state cult first. Christianity changed all that. “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt 22:21). To the Church, God gave the authority and mission to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that he has commanded his disciples. The Supreme Lawgiver did not confer the same authority upon the State. The State is not the custodian or arbiter of truth; it does not have a moral doctrine of its own, which would be the basis of its own praxis. Its praxis, as Pope Benedict XVI points out, cannot create the truth; the truth must create the praxis. The State cannot and should not, therefore, attempt to override or overrule the teaching authority of the Church, particularly on matters of faith and morals. RETURN TO CAESAROPAPISM? To do so would throw us back into what is known as Caesaropapism. This was the period after the Edict of Milan of 313 AD ended the persecution of Christians and Constantine, as the “Christian Emperor” of the Roman Empire, thought he was also the pope or higher, and therefore tried to exercise 11

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with an open mind. Surely, there is something there that will touch your heart.” For me, without a doubt, this was a voice from Heaven. I started to read the Bible. I became absorbed in it. Presently, I came to the Gospel of Luke. There, I faced the scene of the crucifixion of Christ. I read the words of Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus prayed for the very soldiers who were about to thrust his side with the spear. I am not ashamed to say that my eyes were filled with tears. Immediately, I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. I am positive of my conversion. There was a time when my back was turned to Christ, but now I look to Him in faith. I firmly believe that Christ is the only answer and the only hope of this world. Eleven years after Pearl Harbor! Little did I dream that eventful morning that my view of life would be so revolutionized. Today, I am a Christian! I say it over and over again. This is the message I send to all mankind with a fervent prayer that there will be no more Pearl Harbor.

ROYAL DECREE (5)

Catholic historical review ver since my ordination in the mid-eighties, I have been an ardent follower of Fr. John N. Schumacher, SJ. In 1988, this publication of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. carried his book review of the book by Kenton J. Clymer titled Protestant Missionaries in the Philippines, 1898-1916: An Inquiry into the American REV. FR. ROMAN C. SAGUN, JR. Colonial Mentality. Here’s what he wrote for the official organ of the American Historical Association: The role played by American Protestants in the American annexation of the Philippines has long been recognized. There has not, however, been any systematic study of the Protestant missionary enterprises after American occupation. Kenton Clymer focuses here on the missionaries and their attitudes to Filipinos and to the American colonial regime. The result is important for church and mission history, as well as for the history of American-Filipino relations. Clymer has researched diligently both in the published missionary accounts and in the missionary and church archives. His terminal date, coinciding with the Jones Law, which first made an explicit commitment to Philippine independence as the ultimate goal of American rule, is rightly seen as marking the end of the first generation of missionary activity. The author has successfully tried to put his story not only within the context of the Philippine colonial experiment but also within the framework of the wider American Protestant missionary movement. The discussion is organized in three sections. The first, on the missionaries, deals with missionary motivation and with the comity agreement (by which most Protestants agreed to divide the Philippines into respective mission fields). The second treats interaction with Filipinos: with their culture, with Roman Catholicism, and with Filipino nationalism, both within the churches and in its politiTo page 11

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CANCER – The Dreaded Modern Scourge “Cancer are rebellious cells in a community of lawabiding cells.” – Medical Report DR. ANGEL V. SOMERA ancer today is considered a modern deadly disease, although it is not unknown in ancient times. The Greek has called cancer as a “crab” probably because of its clawing, crablike growth. The incidence of cancer has been increasing dramatically in years, primarily due to a number of known and undetermined factors that harm the body such as irritants as tobacco in smoke, air pollutants in vehicles, factories, farms, additives in foods, viral and bacterial infections, stressful habits, and abusive lifestyles causing “psychosomatic” illnesses, etc. Based on reliable statis- which helps lower the risk of tics, cancer is second only to cancer formation in our body. heart disease . And if the For instance: present trend continues, can• Eating less meat and cer may well overtake heart less high fat, cutting down the disease as the number 1 cause amount of cooking fats and of death. oils can minimize the risk of Let us review the early colon, breast, prostate, and signs of cancer growth. (UN other cancers. Studies) • Minimize the eating of 1. A sore (lesion) of the salt-cured and smoked foods body that does not heal such as bacon, ham, smoked 2. Unusual bleeding or sausages, and too charred or discharge burnt barbec ue s of pork 3. A nagging cough or which are believed to be carhoarseness cinogenic. 4. Thickening or lump • Eat diet high in whole in the breast or elsewhere grains, cereals, fruits, vegeta5. Change in bowel and/ bles, and other sources of or bladder habits fibers for they help reduce the 6. Indigestion or diffi- risk for colon cancer. culty in swallowing • Eat more fruits rich in 7. Obvious change in anti-oxidants and vitamin C wart or mole (c itrus fruits , guavas , Do not delay if you guyabanos, pineapple), and suspect any unusual growth vitamin A (carrots, squash, or changes in your body. and other yellow fruits), and Please refer immediately to more vegetables (cabbage, your doctor. Cancer preven- broccoli, cauliflower, kale, tion starts in our plate. Brussels sprouts) and legResearches have discov- umes (beans, garbanzos, etc.) ered foods that possess poten- plus foods rich in lycopene tial anti-cancer properties. (tomatoes, melons) which These foods should be a part prevent prostate cancer. of our all-around healthy diet • Include Kelp or “sea

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21 youth participants from the different barangays of Canlaon City and the Municipality of Moises Padilla recently graduated from the four-day Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) facilitated by the 11th Infantry (Lapu-Lapu) Battalion in partnership with the local Government Units last October 29, 2011. The primary goal of YLS is to develop the youth into responsible members of the community. YLS emphasizes values formation to make the youth morally and spiritually upright; personality development through leadership skills development, team building and role playing through exposures in various exercises and group activities; and social awareness to insulate the you th f ro m destru ctiv e vices, lawless elements, and deceptive scheming from some sectors. In Canlaon City a total of 65 participants fr om barangays Panubigan, Pula, Bin albagan and Mabigo completed the said training at Jose Cardenas Memorial High School. In their graduation, witnessed by local

government officials, the participants demonstrated what visions and values were learned through cultural presentation with the theme Peace and Unity for Progress. In Moises Padilla, 60 participants from Barangay Q uintin Remo, Moises Padilla completed the training at Moises Padilla Elementary School. In the cultural show, the different groups presented interpretative dance o f the songs Bayanihan and Magkaisa which touched the guests and audience with the creative and meaningful expression of the theme: Peace and Unity for Progress. The simultaneous youth trainings in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental and Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental

added up to the series of YLS trainings initiated by 11IB in partnership with the Local Government Units all over the central Negros area. Local government officials who were impressed of the results have expressed interests to sustain the program to cover the most number of youth in their respective community. Lt. Col. Ramil M. Bitong, the 11 t h IB Commander, said that the youth plays a vital role in the community. “The youth should realize the implications of their actions and decisions to themselves and the community now and in the future.” He also lauded the active and generous support of the local government units for programs that aim to realize the full potential of the youth.

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open the floodgates for investments of foreign banks into Philippine companies – given especially their larger capacity for bigger deals. In the field of mining – which will be the next “big thing” in this country – we need foreign capital and technology to develop this 5th richest nation in the world in terms of natural resources. The same with manufacturing. Instead of the existing 40% limitation of foreign ownership in these two giant industries, we are for a 60-40% reverse ceiling in favor of foreign ownership except that Filipinos should have at least 60% of the voting rights. Moreover, foreign-controlled firms exploiting our resources should have some profit repatriation limitations, otherwise, superior foreign capital will simply just mine our resources to death – with all the profits thereof remitted to their mother countries. Sharing of mining profits

with LGUs and mandated social investments like schools and low-cost housing in the host communities should be required of these foreign controlled firms. We do not favor the control of media by foreign firms. Because of the fast communication technology today, there is no sense for a CNN and a BBC to go into local TV, or New York Times into newspapers, since news anywhere in the world can be carried by most media outlets in a blink of an eye. What value added will these foreign media entities bring to the country’s mass media by controlling the ownership? These are all meritorious points of discussion as to the constitutional changes. But at the end of the day, the cleansing of the bureaucracy of corruption, improved infrastructure and the consistent fairness of the justice system will be equally important criteria for foreigners to

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country – which is generally below par. We are an inexpensive country to live (using foreign currency) and have the added advantage of having English as our second language – even our maids and drivers do speak passable English. We are for the opening of our country to foreign health care companies and other professionals to raise the level of competence and capital adequacy of many health-related systems. We are for the opening of the banking system to more foreign banks. As Manny Villar, a selfmade businessman, had said the Philippine banking system is controlled largely by only 6 families – each driven by vested interests. Competition will improve interest rates and services in banking and the presence of foreign universal banks will

DepEd held ED FORUM Last October 6, 2011, the Tanjay DepEd Division held an educational forum which was attended by students and teachers from all schools (both public and private). The special guest was DepEd RD Ricaredo Borgonia who explained lengthily about the K-12 program of DepEd. Two (2) Girl Scout troops of Tanjay were given national awards of cash prizes and a trophy each for two programs of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines of which they were finalists, namely, Magic Spot and Pilar Hidalgo Lim Troop Project. (Janet Y. Villegas)

take a second hard look at the Philippines. Revising these economic provisions, however, will be a first major step. Any sponsors in Congress?

BEACH LOT FOR SALE Ajong, Sibulan, Negros Oriental Area: 6,888 sq. meter or a portion Contact: Ramon Calderon Cell No. 09069324786 EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS WITH DEED OF ASSIGNMENT NOTICE is hereby given that the heirs of the l ate I GNACI O M ONTENEGRO namel y; DOLORES ALVAREZ vda de M ONTENEGRO; CRISTINA M. LAMATA and ANGELA M. PENA, all of legal age, have filed and executed an Affidavit of Extrajudicial Settlement among heirs with Deed of Assignment on lot No. 292-B of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-2036-19 being a portion of Lot 292, Bais Cadastre LRC Cad. Rec. NO. 161) si tuated i n Alangilanan, Bais City, containing an area of 1, 142,401 square meters, and covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-1625 under TCT. T NO. 1625; situated in Alangilanan, Bais City containi ng an area of 1,142,401 square meters.and a parcel of Lot 2 B- of the subdi vision pl an (LRC PSD -203619 being a portion of Lot 2, 11-12014, LRC Record No. N-16380 si tuated i n Alangilanan Bai s City containing an area of 746,246 square meters covered TCT Title No. T-16527 per Doc. No. 036; Page No: 002 Book No. VII Series of 2011 Notary Public Atty. ANDRIAN C. BORROMEO The Negros Chronicle Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, 2011

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LOTS FOR SALE Around Negros NEW STOCKS • Mayabon, Zamboanguita, 24 hectares fully planted with gemilina, mahogany, jackfruits and other fruit bearing trees @ P80.00 per sq.m. • Sta. Aguida, Pamplona, 10 hectares @ P30.00 per sq.m. • Bondo, Siaton, 44 hectares @ P4 million • San Jose, 29 hectares with coconut trees and sugarcane plantation @ P50.00 per sq.m. • Bayawan City, 35 hectares along the road near the city @ P350,000.00 per hectare • Sta. Catalina, 4.3 hectares with sugarcane plantation ready for harvest @ P25.00 per sq.m. • Northern Junob, Dgte City, 19,900 sq.m. @ P1,500.00 per sq.m. • Candau-ay, Dgte City, 12,782 sq.m. @ P500.00 per sq.m. • Bagacay, Dgte City, along the road with 65 fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,200.00 per sq.m. • Bagacay, Dgte City, along concrete road @ P1,700.00 per sq.m. • Junob, Dgte City, along the road with fruit-bearing coconut trees @ P2,000.00 per sq.m. • Purok Calubihan, 500 sq.m. @P2,600 per sq.m.

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Tel. No. 226-5555 / 422-9999 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 7 th Judicial Region BRANCH 63 OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICiO SHERIFF

NOTICE OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SALE Upon extrajudicial petition/application for sale under Act No. 3135 filed by STA. CATALINA (Negros Oriental) RURAL BANK, INC., against Mr. NICKARTER D. JUMALON to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of June 30, 2011 amounts to TWO HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED FOUR and THIRTY THREE CENTAVOS (P267,604.33), with daily charges of P172.08 excluding expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on November 10, 2011 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 63, Bayawan City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine currency, the following real properties: ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. HV-3264-88-15-009-776 A parcel of Agricultural Land situated at Kabulacan, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental bounded as follows: on the North, Lot No.4077; on the South, Lot No. 3237; on the East, Lot No. 3236; NE, 3234; on the West, road containing an area of 2 hectares, 57 areas and 59 centares and assessed at P 6,550.00. ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. HV-3411-88-15-009-777 A parcel of Agricultural Land situated at Kabulacan, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental bounded as follows: on the NE, Lot No. 3258; on the SE, Lot No. 3258; on the SW, Lot No. 3256 and on the NW, Lot No. 3256, containing an area of .9345 hec. And assessed at P1,850.00 TAX DECLARATION NO. 88-15-009-775 A parcel of Agricultural Land declared for taxation purposes registered in the name of Nickarter Jumalon situated at Kabulacan, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental bounded as follows: on the North, Lot No. 4086; on the South, Lot No. 3258; on the East, Farm Road; on the West, Lot No. 3260 containing an area of 1.4241 hec. And assessed at P2,820.00 ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 3966 A parcel of land, Lot No. 3259-B, Cad-074618-004101, of the Negros Oriental Settlement Project, situated in the Barangay of Kabulacan, Municipality of Sta. Catalina, Province of Negros Oriental, Island of Negros, Bounded on the NE and SE along lines 1-2-3-4-5 by Barangay Road; on the SW, along lines 5-6 by Lot No. 3258, SK-0005-D; and along lines 6-7-8-9 by Lot No. 3259-A of the subdivision plan; and on the NW, along line 9-1 by Lot No. 4086, SK-00056-D, containing an area of NINETEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED THIRTY NINE (19, 339) Square Meters more or less. This Notice of Extrajudicial shall be posted in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental in four (4) conspicuous places where the above-mentioned properties places are situated and one copy shall be posted in the Office of the Clerk of the Regional Trial CourtBranch 63, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental where the public auction shall be conducted and another copy shall be published in a local newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Negros Oriental and its five (5) component cities. Prospective bidders/buyers may investigate for themselves the Titles and Tax Declaration of the above-described properties and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on November 25, 2011 without further notice. Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, September 12, 2011. The Negros Chronicle Oct. 30, Nov. 6 & 13, 2011

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(Sgd.) ATTY. RAY STEPHEN T. LOGRONIO Clerk of Court VI and Ex-Officio Sheriff


November 6, 2011

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“Proactive PNP”

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he Philippine National Police should be proactive and not re active. It should arrest all persons who have pending warrants of arrest. Persons who have pending warrants of arrest continue to commit crimes because they are no longer afraid of the PNP because they are not arrested even if they have BY: pending warrants of arrest. In short, they can commit crimes with impunity. Since most of them have no decent livelihood, they con- ATTY. FRANCISCO D. YAP tinue with their criminal activity. How many crimes are committed by repeat offenders? That is why criminals are placed in jail so that they cannot continue to commit crimes. Criminals are placed in jail to elements roaming around. We feel the culprits had been identified. safe only if the peace officers, the The criminal must be convicted reform them hoping that they will prosecutors and the Courts are and kept in prison to serve his be reformed after serving their sentence. How many criminal doing their job. sentence. But there are many There are criminal cases cases are still pending in Courts criminal cases filed and yet they because the Courts have not pending for more than ten years resolved these cases? Indeed, are still pending in Court because with no finality of judgment. how many criminal elements the Courts are not disposing cases Once they are convicted, the are roaming around scot free? as fast as possible. Justice deaccused can be granted parole How can we be safe if our govlayed is justice denied. This is apor the accused can avail of pro- ernment is not doing its primary plicable to both the accused and bation. It is not enough that the function of maintaining peace the prosecution. We are never crime is solved in the sense that and order? safe as long as there are criminal

(Romero)

From page 6 ditional markets of Philippine exports, is expected to pull down growth this year, to about 4.5%, and hopefully 5% the year after. On the upside is the stable political climate despite occasional raids by the Abu Sayyaf and the New People’s Army in the outskirts when the armed forces are not looking. Continued remittances from overseas workers and central government cash transfers to the countryside in its poverty eradication drive is expected to buoy up consumption. Moreover, robust income from services exports in the form of business process outsourcing activities is expected to expand. As the economy hunkers down to a defensive mode in the face of the serious challenges presented by a volatile external environment, the government is poised to open the spending faucet as a defense against external shocks. Aerospace Developments The fearless forecast by some is that domestic air traffic will double to over 40 million passengers in less than a decade. Low cost carriers like Cebu Pacific and others saw domestic air traffic jump sharply to more than 17 million passengers last year. Rising per capita incomes fuelled by hefty overseas inward remittances, which now exceeds a billion dollars a month, has made air travel affordable to many citizens often at the expense of domestic shipping, which is found to be slow, as well as unsafe, given that most of the ships are old and often unseaworthy. An indication of the improved air traffic are the increasingly busy airports, despite the addition of more provincial airports. This year, Philippine air carrier fleets would rise to 67 narrow-bodied jets, which would inevitably lead to more pressure for lower fares driving passenger traffic even higher. Cebu Pacific plans to acquire 53 planes in the next 4

years. Air-Asia, a Malaysianbased airline, has also contemplated plane acquisitions to bolster its fleet when it operates full-blast in the Philippines very soon. Philippine Airlines and its subsidiary, Air Philippines, are expected to keep its competitive position by fleet renewal and additional acquisitions. Increased air traffic and heavier demand for seats of domestic passengers and the increasing volume of overseas foreign workers have authorized “pocket open skies” by opening the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and selected provincial airports like Mactan-Cebu International Airport to foreign aircrafts. Its priority project at the moment is to relocate the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Subic – some 90 kilometers from Manila, by connecting it by fast train to the nation’s capital. As of December 2009, the country’s installed capacity stood at 15,610 megawatts (MW). Fossil-fuel power plants, mostly located in the Luzon grid, are still the dominant source. The Mindanao grid is heavily dependent on hydroelectric power plants. Coal-fired power plants contribute 27.40 percent, followed by oil-based ones with 20.46 percent, and those on natural gas, 18.14 percent. The installed capacity from renewable energy increased slightly with an additional 8MW expansion of Northwind Power Phase II in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, which became operational in September 2008; the 2.5 MW Sevilla Minihydro in Bohol commissioned in November 2008; and the two biomass plants in Negros Occidental with an aggregate capacity of 29.3 MW. Total dependable capacity of the entire grid was at 13,319 MW, or 85.32 percent of the total installed capacity. Gross power generation in 2009 reached 61,934 gigawatthours (GWh), 1.83 percent higher than the 2008 level of 60,821 GWh. Natural gas-fired power plants remain the top producer of electricity, accounting for 32.11 percent of the country’s total gross generation. Coal-fired plants are second, with 26.60 percent share of the mix. Oilbased generation only accounted for 8.69 percent of the total gross generation in 2009. (To be continued)

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NOTICE OF AUCTION All unredeemed pledges left during the month of June 2011 of the ff CEBUANA LHUILLIER PAWNSHOP branches will be sold at Public Auction on November 12, 2011 at Aguinaldo St., Bais City (8:30 am) • Aguinaldo St., Bais City • Satellite Public Market, Bais City • National Highway corner Aglipay St., Bais City • 499-E National Highway, Public Market, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental • Magallanes St., Tanjay City, Negros Oriental • Poblacion, Amlan, Negros Oriental • Public Market, Sibulan, Neg. Or. • L. Aguilar St., Pamplona, Negros Oriental at South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City (8:00 am) • 57 Silliman Ave., Brgy 6, Dumaguete City • 149 Gov. Perdices St., Brgy 5, Dumaguete City • Cervantes St., Dumaguete City • Level 1, Bldg.5, Dumaguete Public Market Complex, Dumaguete City • Noblefranca cor. Sta. Catalina St., Dumaguete City • Cor. Mabini & Pinili Sts., Dumaguete City • Unit B, G/F Bricktown Center Bldg., North cor. Aldecoa Drive, Brgy Daro, Dumaguete City • Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete City • Corner Maria Cristina & Legaspi St.s, Dumaguete City • Cor. Perdices & Sta. Rosa St., Brgy 3, Dumaguete City • San Jose St., Dumaguete City • South Road, Tabuctubig, Dumaguete City at Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental (8:00 am) • National Highway, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental • National H-way, Siaton, Neg.Or. • Juan Luna Street., Brgy Poblacion, Sta. Catalina,Negros Oriental • 1160 Rizal St., Tinago, Bayawan City, Neg.Or. • Claro M. Recto St., Bayawan City • Poblacion, Basay, Negros Oriental at Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor (8:30 am) • North Poblacion, Larena, Siquijor • Atad Street, New Public Market, Siquijor • Catamboan, Lazi, Siquijor at S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty (8:30 am) • Pob. Mabigo, Canlaon City • S. Villanueva M.L. Quezon, Guihulngan Cty • National H-way Pob. Jimalalud, Neg. Or. • Door #3 Public Market, Tayasan, Neg. Or. • Poblacion, Bindoy, Negros Oriental • Poblacion, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental • National Highway, Poblacion, Ayungon, Negros Oriental at Lumbangan Mabinay, Negros Oriental (8:30 am) • Lumbangan, Mabinay, Negros Oriental

From page 6 the young ones if we ourselves, the elders, are in the condition to help. We can only help if our attitudes, thoughts, words, actions and examples are vitally connected to the ultimate source of life, goodness and love—God. Otherwise, we would just contribute to the worsening of the situation. Are we praying? Are we able to integrate all aspects of our lives under the impulse of grace and the love of God and neighbor? Does truth, as ultimately coming from our faith, reign in our lives, or are we just contented with practical and temporal principles and guidelines? Do we always come up with effective resolutions daily? How is our behavior in all the different situations of our life— in good times and bad times, in successes and failures? Can we say that our example could truly edify the young? And can they also say we are authentic men and women of God? We have to understand that helping the young and provoking a transformation in society and the world would always start and end with each of our personal selves. Things don’t work any other way. But obviously, we also need the support of higher entities. Thus, from our own personal selves, we have to look into the health and vitality of the families, so crucial in developing the young ones. Are they functional? Do parents and children spend time together? Are parents the first teachers to their children, able to fulfill their duties toward them properly? Everything has to be done to strengthen family life that starts with the love of the spouses and parents, protecting and reinforcing marriage and fidelity, respecting life in all its stages and conditions, from womb to tomb. Let’s be wary of immoral legislations like the proposed RH Bill. How about the schools? Do they include in their curricula not only academic subjects but also elements that would contribute to the genuine development of the students’ character? Are they also teaching faith and morals aside from the practical sciences? Do schools produce not only knowledgeable and skillful graduates but better and mature persons, because they are all at once loving children to their parents, competent workers, patient and compassionate friends to their friends and colleagues, dutiful and loyal citizens to their country, and above all, faithful children of God? We need to see to it also that the environment around would always be conducive to a healthy lifestyle for the young and for everybody else. Is the media helping in creating a clean, positive and encouraging surrounding? Are we rid of billboards and other ads that give confusing, if not outright, wrong messages? And the government? It has a big role to play in all this. Does it go beyond bureaucratic effectiveness and legalistic norms to really engage itself with the true core of the issues that would always be respectful of their moral implications? We need to get our act together, putting all these elements in synergy, so we can truly help the young.

Ageless Jose ... (From page 4) In his bachelorhood, he was heart broken when his girlfriend left for Osaka to do missionary work. In h is l on el in ess, h e wrot e “R ef rain ” which  was a smash hit  when it was recorded and released in the market. He said he considered “Refrain” as his “winning” song among his array of hits, because with this song he won the heart of his girlfriend, who later became his wife. His beautiful wife, who could easily fit the pretty lass in the song Beautiful Girl is Mary Ann Chan, who was seated at the front row, occasionally signaling him to wipe the sweat off his face in between songs. When he was about to celebrate his eighth wedding anniversary with his wife, he was suddenly transferred by his sugar trading company from New York to London. He had heavy feelings about leaving his wife and family in New York. Although destined to go to a faraway place, he wanted to assure his wife of his lifelong commitment, thus the song “Love to Last A Lifetime” was written, and eventually, it became another song for the charts. Before he sang the song, he recited the lyrics  like a poem which I realized can be appreciated as pleasantly. Capping the concert were the two of his most famous Christmas melodies “Perfect Christmas” and “Christmas in our Hearts” “Christmas in our Hearts” is a duet with daughter Elizabeth Chan, but that night, the audience willingly did the duet part. I had promised my sister Ellen to call her. While she lay in her hospital bed in Manila when Jose Mari Chan sang “Perfect Christmas” and “Christmas in Our Hearts,” I obliged, and “re-broadcast” it to her directly. It was Christmas in the air at that moment. It was prophetic, too, as Ellen would again have another  ”Perfect  Christmas”  in  December  (Merry Christmas, Len). I must admit, I have been a Jose Mari Chan fan for a long time. In the few stacks of CD’s in the car, two of them are albums of Jose Mari Chan. He is, to me, a national treasure. No one comes close when it comes to creating ear-catching radio jingles. He is one of the great modern Filipino musicians because his songs are ageless. His melodic creations resonate only too well with the Filipino’s musical taste. “Christmas in Our Hearts” is a classic example. Many of us watching him live wer e all the more  endeared  witnessing  his  undying  passion  not only for music, but also his burning desire to share and showcase his abundant talents to his fellowmen. Young and old know the lyrics of his creations. He has a multi-generational following. He is an entertainer where a grandparent and grandchild can enjoy watching together. Indeed, Jose Mari Chan is a musical talent for the ages.


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FU wins UNIGAMES beach volley championship

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oundation University once again triumphed over top universities all over the country by winning the championship in beach volleyball for the second year in a row in the Philippine University Games (UNIGAMES) held from October 22-29 at the La Purisima Conception College in Roxas City, Capiz. “Our beach men beat the best from Metro Manila and the rest of the country. This is the second year that our men’s achieved this feat, thus winning the championship back to back.” according to Dr. Aparicio Mequi, director of the FU Institute of Youth Sports for Peace. “This is no surprise since this same team holds a three time championship in the Nestea Challenge held in Boracay. Glenn Ventolero and Buensuceso Sayson did a good job taking home the championship once again for men’s beach volleyball.” Comple me nting the ba ck-to-ba ck win of Ventolero and Sayson was the equally amazing bronze medal finish of the FU Women’s Beach Volleyball team with pla ye rs Salamatu Yushawu and Hanna Louise Ollina. Javelin thrower Cedric Rose l, a 2nd yea r AgriBusiness student, also pulled a surprise when he won the silver medal, up from 6th place last year. He threw the javelin for a distance of 53.11 meters. The Unigames is fully supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) along with Palarong Pambansa, UAAP, NCAA,

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thief was assured by his co-crucified. The Samaritan woman at the well had a tutorial on this. Paul addressed his letter to “the saints” at Ephesus. Indeed, there are scores of small letter “S” saints. Maids, teachers, barbers, to priests and market vendors. Despite flaws, these obscure men and women serve God and neighbor. “Here comes everybody’s feast,” author James Joyce wrote. Then, there are the capital “S” saints. Their names ring out when the Litany of Saints is chanted. Mary, mother of Christ with Joseph; Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, Ignatius Loyola, Therese of Lisieux; Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila —and “San Pedro Calungsod,” if Inquirer’s October 28 editorial proves right. “No further questions,” the Causes of Saints Congregation said on concluding its October 19 session, that editorial noted. Members forwarded to the Pope their recommendation that the 17-yearold catechist from the Visayas be raised to the altar. Afirmativea vota dal tutti cardinali e dal santo padere per la canonizatione del beato Pedro Calungsod, read a Facebook posting by the postulator, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal. “All cardinals voted affimatively to recommend the Pope canonize Blessed Pedro Calungsod. In March 2005, then Pope John Paul II beatified Calungsod — the last step before canonization. The local church celebrates his feast day on April 2. A Calungsod shrine stands within the archbishop of Cebu’s compound. Benedict XVI makes the final decision. He’ll review reports by the cardinals and medical

Javelin thrower Cedric Rosel prepares his silver-medal-winning throw at the 2011 Unigames in Roxas City. the Philippine Nationa l Games. Major universities are participating this. Foundation University fielded teams for volleyball (men and women), football (men and women), basketball, athletics and beach volleyball (men and women). The men’s rookie volleyball team, with coach Dwight Sun, surpassed expectations by reaching the semi-finals. The football team also reached the quarter finals, e ve ntua lly losing out to UNO-R on the penalty shoot

out 5-4. Penalty shoot outs, said coach Vladimir Villacora, is based mostly on luck rather than skills. “The goalie will have to make a guess and dive right or left to block the ball and eve n though the guess is correct, the ball would still be too fast.” Foundation University, a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian University, was founded by Dr. Vicente G. Sinco on July 4, 1949. It is now celebrating its 62nd year. (Joel Llanos)

panel. Among cases studied is that of a “brain dead” woman who works in Cebu today. “When the process is over, we can talk about it,” co-postulator Msgr. Idelbrando Leyson demurs. Two Filipinas wait in the canonization queue. One is Isabel Larrañaga Ramirez, who founded the Sisters of Charity of the Sacred Heart in the early 17th century. In 1999, John Paul II elevated her to “v enerable.” The other is a Chinay. Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, who set up the Religious of the Virgin Mary congregation in 1684. In 2007, Benedict XVI also named her “venerable.” Calungsod and Fr. Diego de San Vitores I were martyred in Guam, April 1672. Much of what is known of Calungsod is in the Cebu archdiocese’s “Deposition” to the Congregation of Saints. “This depended… on the Posifio prepared for the beatification of de San Vitores for the dioceses of Manila and Agana.” “San Vitores’ policy for his companions was they be unarmed,” historian John Schum acher, SJ writes in Philippine studies. As a young man, Calungsod could have escaped. But he choose to defend San Vitores who “was half blind.” All sources em phasize, “S an Vitores was helpless w ithout his companion who led him by a rope around his waist!” In shielding San Virtores, Calungsod took spear thrusts and catana (machete) blows. Attackers Hirao and Matapang then turned on the Jesuit, who died with “words of forgiveness.” Their bodies were dumped into the sea bound together. He w as “Joven bisayo” or young, all 17th century documents reveal, Loyola House of Studies’ Catalino Arevalo, SJ notes. Did he come from Tigabauan? Fr. Pedro Chirino established in this Iloilo

town the first Jesuit school for boys in the Philippines. Starting a new mission in Guam, the Jesuits were joined by “the brightest and the best” students. Did these 17 Filipino teenagers sail from Cebu? Calungsod family traditions say that a boy, only 11 or 12, joined Jesuits in Mactan, then traveled to islands “near Hawaii” and was killed there. Like San Lorenzo Ruiz, was Calungsod an “overseas foreign worker”? Canonization may come to a country of OFWs, but no longer a nation of believers. Only 21 percent of urban students believe in life after the grave, a survey by McCann Erickson and Philippine Jesuits found. Majority or 88 percent believe in a Supreme Being. But only 15 percent were instructed in their faith by parents. “The phenomenon of bursting Churches is actually misleading,” notes Windhover magazine. “Their doctrinal foundation and catechetical instruction seem to be faltering.” Our houseboy past ed Calungsod’s cutout from Inquirer on to a cardboard, with a makeshift stand. With his wife and two young daughters, Airen says they are praying for Blessed Pedro’s intercession. Isn’t that the “communion of saints”? We itched to ask. “How about coffee?” we requested instead.

Misfire ... (Kojak)

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scientific facts to fit his bias agenda, “The survey Gore cites was done in the winter and he compares it to a survey done in the summer.” David Deming, Professor of Geology, University of Oklahoma, “The climatic warning that has taken place in the past 150 years is poorly studied, and its cause is unknown. There is no sound scientific basis for predicting future climate change with any degree of certainty. If the climate does warm, it is likely to be beneficial to humanity rather than harmful. In my opinion, it would be foolish to establish national energy policy on the basis of misinformation and irrational hysteria.” Khabibullo Ismailovich Abdusamatov, Russian Academy of Science, “Global warming results not from the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but from an unusually high level of solar radiation.”  Sallie Baliunas, HarvardSmi thso nian Cen ter for Astrophysics, “The recent warming trend in the surface temperature record cannot be caused by the increase of human-made greenhouse gases in the air.” He continues, “There is no reliable evidence for increased severity or frequency of storms, droughts or floods that can be related to the air’s increased greenhouse gas content.”  I can literally fill this paper with names and quotes of reputable scientists that say NONscientist, tree hugger, Al Gore is wrong. Why is this an important issue? First, because peopl e he re a re terr ifie d. Dumaguete City will be under 20 feet of water in the near future unless we stop driving our cars and farting. Second, and mor e import antl y, h isto ry proves government policies based on this misinformation and hysteria have caused massive inflation, job loss and even death. We wont talk about how Al Gore’s personal wealth has grown by millions because of this false crisis. They are considering Al Gore for the Nobel Peace Prize for “saving the world.” They gave President Jimmy Carter and President Barrack Obama a Nobel Prize for doing nothing; they might as well give Al Gore one for doing nothing also. I just want my readers to do some objective research before they buy this load of panic driven crap. 

Facebook... From page 17 Foundation University, a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian University, was founded by Dr. Vicente G. Sinco on July 4, 1949. It is now celebrating its 62nd year. (Ro ul let te P. Cordevilla)

Bayawan... From page 2 The presiding officer admitted that Bayawan City is so dependent on the IRA since its local income is P28 million only even after becoming a city. He said that for the past several years, Bayawan City cannot claim of any major economic activity that wou ld have  changed the lives of the people, except during the time of the former CDCP mining in Basay and the presence of the Tolong Sugar Mill. The vice-mayor is however, optimistic, that with the city’s investment code, it will

Readers’ Views P 7M fuel cash advances liquidated Dumaguete City Engineer Edwin C. Quirit provided the Negros Chronicle a copy of his letter to the Commission on Audit as part of his reply to the report that P 7 million worth of fuel advances remained unliquidated by his office. The letter addressed to COA is hereby quoted:

Letter to the Editor: OFFICE OF THE CITY AUDITOR C omission on Audit Dumaguete City Attention:

Ms. Lourdes T. Pedros Audit Team Leader

Ms. Charlita R. Leopoldo Supervising Auditor Dear Mesdames: We refer to your Audit Observation Memorandum No. 2011-004-100 (2010) dated February 10, 2011 for His Honor, City Mayor T. Sagarbarria, received by this office last March 08, 2011. Please find attached the Summary of Liquidation Reports prepared by our Ms. Liberty D. Maputi – Clerk II (In-charge in the preparation o Issuances, Payments and Liquidation of Fuels and Oils/Lubricants), covering One Thousand Twenty-Two (122) Prepayment s for gasoline, diesel, oil and lubricants in connection with various city infrastructure projects and maintenance activities from June 2008 to December 2010, including the early part of 2011, in the total amount o P10,171,143.50, which includes the amount of P6,597,004.87 mentioned in your Audit Observation Memorandum (AOM). Please be informed that prior to our receipt of your AOM, initial liquidations of accounts were already done since July 2008 until the last prepayment account on October 10, 2011, to complete the liquidation of prepaid accounts of the City Engineer’s Office, this city. These documents were already submitted to the City General Services Office (CGSO) for proper transmittal to the City Accounting Office which is tasked to submit the Liquidation Reports to your office. It is respectfully informed that in the case of our office (CEO), which is tasked to implement the city’s various infrastructure project (vertical, horizontal, and road maintenance projects), liquidation and compilation of these various fuels and oils consumption documents takes time on cases when projects which were already started, are suspended for a considerable period and are resumed after legal and technical problem (e.g. right-of-way problems, weather conditions, etc.) are smoothed out. These and other unforeseen factors attribute to the long delay of liquidations. We hope everything is in order to keep the records properly adjusted. Thank you very much. Very truly yours (Sgd.) EDWIN C. QUIRIT City Engineer

16 injured ... From page 2 two passengers who were standing at the rear portion of the multicab. All the passengers of the multicab were brought to the Silliman University Medical Center, seven of whom are minors and students of different high schools in the city, and one is a college student. Truck driver Ijie Nacilla who hails from Hil aitan, Guihulngan claimed that he was speeding fast when the multicab in front of him suddenly pulled over to pick-up a passenger, later identified as Denmark Guhildi. He applied brakes but it was too close, hitting the rear portion of the multicab. Due to t he impact, the multicab had partially shrunk, be able to entice investors to come to Bayawan and utilize their vast tracks of agricultural land and give employment opportunities to its constituents.jg

causing injuries to all the passengers inside, one minor passenger had reportedly vomited blood.  Only one identified as Ru pert o Gi raso l of Loo c, Si bulan was u nharmed by jumping before the impact. The truck was loaded with products to be delivered to the Universal Robina Corporation in Tinago, Dumaguete City from Manila via Bacolod and Mabinay. Sibulan duty investigator SPO3 Merton Teves said further investigation is being conducted while the rest of the passengers are still in a state of shock and recuperating at the hospital.  He said Girasol had a different version. The mi nors are Marnel Piñero, 13, Ericka Panoy, 7, Diane Mae Enclonar, 15, Elisa Basco, 13, Princess Labata, 13, Jean Claud Mebin, 11 and Hanah Jane Tomias, 19, student of Saint Paul University. The rest of the passengers are Joaquina Oyos, Ronilo Sorilla, Myrna Panoy, Bryan Lenihan, Donha Caballero, Romeo Lopez, and John Rey Paquig.jg


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Ouster looms ... From page 1 marijuana seeds, a match box, rolling paper found stashed below the lavatory. Husain, who is also the Provincial SK Federation President and ex-officio memb er of th e Sangguniang Panlalawigan, in his letter dated November 3, 2011, in stru cted Mabinay SK Federation President Felix Ocay and Amlan SK Fed er atio n President Kimberly dela Cruz to submit their respective reports and impose disciplinary measures to ensure that similar incidents will be avoided in the future. Meanwhile, fierce antismoke advo cate Amlan Mayor Bentham dela Cruz chastised the f ou r San ggun iang Kab ataan Chairmen reported to have engaged in smoking marihuana right inside their ro oms in Bethel Gu est House and for bringing a lady, who is not even a delegate to the Congress, with them. Dela Cruz admitted that the incident is a huge embarrassment to the town officials who took seriously the campaign against cigarette smoking and whose efforts were recognized by the World Health Organization with the Red Orchid Award. Nevertheless, dela Cruz respects the autonomy of the SK and will allow the federation officials to handle the matters on their own. He also dismissed increasing calls for the SK abolition, stressing that the fault of some, proven or otherwise, should not be used to harm the general membership.

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Bayawan an d Lawrence Teves of Tanjay City. The mayors of Amlan, Basay, Dauin, Mabinay, Pamp lo na, San Jo se, Sibulan, and Vallehermoso are perceived to be firmly on the side of Teves. In contrast, the mayors of Bais City, Canlaon City, Bacong, Bindoy, Guihulngan City, La Libertad , Santa Catalina, Siaton, Tayasan and Zambo an gu ita ar e members of or allied with the administration’s Liberal Party. However, Gary Teves is expected to gain inroads or convert some of these mayors to his side should he be clear and determined in presenting his cause. Three mayors, whose loyalties are yet to be deter mined, are tho se o f Mayor Edsel Enardecido of Ayungon, Mayor Amor Baldado of Manjuyod and Valen cia’s En riqu e Gonzalez, who is a cardcarrying member of the Liberal Party and a close f rien d of 1 st Distr ict Congresswoman Jocelyn “Josy” Limkaichong, but is also perceived to be increasingly drawn to the Teves camp. Now that Gary Teves has bared his intentions, Du maguete City Mayor Chiqu itin g Sagarb ar ria counseled for him to reconnect with the people of the province, particularly the youth who have little recollection of his impressive performance as congressman of the third district.

the companies sealed last July 5, 2011. Th e mo un ting complaints from the barangay officials and residents include the continued hiring of bus loads of transient workers from as far as Amlan, San Jo se and Bacolod , whose assigned tasks can easily be provided by local laborers but were given preference due to their alleged closeness to some company officials; refusal of the company service vehicles to allow residents to hitch a ride even during emergencies; an d no n- co mp lian ce o f some contractors to secure a barangay clearance for their awarded projects and workers before the actual start of the activity. However, Lusong and Bautista maintained that the company has been complying with the letter and spirit of the MOA even before its conception. GCGI Maintenance Manager En gr. Emeterio Busmeon vowed to incorporate the provisions of the MOA into the bidding process so that there will be no excuse for any contractor to fail in its obligation to secure a barangay clearance before the commencement of their awarded projects.

Guv bans... From page 2 ties. The memorandum order was issued by the governor today, stating that violators will be dealt with accordingly.jg

Facebook research wins award

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hree researches by faculty members of Foundation University were adjudged as outstanding outputs from among ten researches pre sented to a panel of evaluators from various colleges and universities in Dumaguete. Jaysone Bancoro (CBA) won a cash prize for his research on Facebook as a Medium for Digital Instruction. Another team of CBA faculty, composed of Peter Enfestan, Hel en Mazzeo and Ri zza Patrocinio, also won the top prize for their study on the status of employment among CBA graduates. The third team, composed of Cristina Calisang, Jaymar Umbac and Ma. Chona Futalan of the College of Education, also stood out with their research on student teachers’ self-esteem in relation to their pre-LET performance. The promotion of research in higher education institutions   is one  of the  mandates of the Commission on Higher Education. Faculty members of Foundation University are encouraged to conduct researches that will contribute to the pool of knowledge existing in the academe. The research outputs of the faculty members are evaluated in an annual research forum to ensure that they pass the standard set by the University spearheaded by the Office of Academic Affairs. This year’s forum was

Coach Dwight Sun with Women’s Beach Volleyball 2nd runner -up Salamatu Yushawu and Hanna Louise Ollina held last October 26-27 at the James B. Herring Audi oVisual Room. The panel of evaluators was composed of Dr. Aparicio H. Mequi, Dean of the FU Graduate School; Dr. Eva C. Melon, Vice-P resident for Academic Affairs; Dr. Liber-

tine C. de Guzman, Chairman of BEEd Program of Negros Oriental State University; Dr. Julhusin B. Jalisan, Dean of the FU College of Business Administration; and Dr. Roullette P. Cordevilla, Acting Dean of FU College of Education. To page 16

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Vice-Mayor Marciano “Bito” Maravillas (left), accompanied by former Mayor Edgar Teves (not in photo), appealed for the barangay assembly not to oppose the Nasulo project as the downside of the project far outweighs the benefits that can be derived from it.

Light a... From page 2 2011 is doubly significant and symbolic because it reminds the people of the end of World War I. The governor reiterated that bullets alone cannot win the hearts and minds of the rebels; lasting peace will be achieved by bringing the government closer to the people through basic social services, farm-to-market roads,  livelihood and infrastructure projects, among others, he said. Degamo is requesting all local chief executives to organize similar activities in their respective cities and municipalities, such as a simple candlelighting activity for the sake of peace and tranquility in Negros Oriental. In th e p rovince, the center of activities is the President Benigno Aquino Freedom Park , where simultaneous ringing of the symbolic peace bells, sirens, horns  will be conducted in the presence of top government officials. The three representatives of the province have initially extended their commitment of support for peace along with students from all colleges and universities, non-government organizations, volunteers, government employees, the religious sector, civic clubs, business groups, as well as the men and women in uniform, both in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. The candle lighting activity is in cooperation with th e Bayanihan Para sa Kabataan (BPK), People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR), the Department of Education, Oriental Negros Children Advocacy Network (ONCAN), and the Philippine National Police. Mar ieta “Baby” Jambora, convenor of the ceremony for peace, said that the activity will be highlighted with short inter-faith prayers from different religious denominations, and brief messages for peace by presidents of different colleges and universities in Dumaguete and the symbolic launching of illuminated sky lanterns for peace at 5:00 in the afternoon on 11.11.11jg

Editorial SK better change ... (From page 4) corrupt bureaucracy which have made the SK a virtual stamping pad of the mayors, local legislators, and even the barangay council. Yet, admittedly, majority of the SK today are a bunch of toothless, useless and even voiceless youngsters who are mere tools of politicians, and are elected into office through the corrupt ways of traditional politics. Unless the SK now changes, and asserts its independence, they have our full support, but if they continue to be extensions of a corrupt bureaucracy, then the SK better vanish into thin air rather than waste taxpayers money to become another rubber stamp of politicians, both in their inner and outer ways.

critical reporting HOW MEDIA SEES IT, AND NOT OTHERS BY ELY P. DEJARESCO

(email:dejaresco_ely@yahoo.com)

Suppose the SKs ... (From page 2) riverbed of the Banica, and worse, it is right beside the same Banica River today. Environmentally then, there is something wrong with the location of the Candau-ay dumpsite. Environmentalists assert that to put our garbage pit over a dried river bed and beside the same river now enables water seepage of the present garbage to go deep down back into the ground water and thus contaminate the same with unimaginable filth and dirt. The Candau-ay dumpsite has been there for over 40 years. It is an environmental fact that riverbeds are very permeable, which means leachate (water seepage) from the present garbage on top will make its way down to the groundwater very easily. The certainty is that groundwater below the dumpsite now, which is extracted or dug on shallow wells nearby, is surely contaminated with bacteria by now. Moreover, leachate goes to the Banica River and contaminates the water downstream and even the coastal waters in the boulevard. Bacteria cannot be seen by the naked eye but its harmful effects can be surely felt at any time. Environmentalists forewarn that while today in 2011 the situation is still manageable, it is better to abandon the Candau-ay dumpsite now, considering its detrimental and dangerous environmental impact on the future. Environmentalists recommend the transfer to a virgin site, and install the best affordable management strategies and scheme for it.


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